bellingham, wa


As long as you live in one of the eligible cities, you can apply to any other city that is participating in the competition!


Deadline to apply is July 31st!

Lynnwood is Empowering Community Innovations in Transportation

NWIRC and the City of Lynnwood are focused on the theme of Transportation.

Transportation is the lifeblood of the American economy and our way of life. Most of us think of cars and self-driving cars as the primary innovations in the industry. The impact of transportation on all aspects of our lives will grow significantly in the coming years in ways we cannot imagine yet. 

The transportation sector consists of several industries including (but not limited to!):

  • Air freight and logistics
  • Airlines
  • Private aircraft
  • Marine
  • Roads
  • Rails
  • Transportation infrastructure
  • Communications and transportation integration
  • Vehicle seating.
  • Personal protection while traveling (whether from airborne contagions or other vehicles).
  • Transportation in combination with internet access and communication technologies
  • Localized city transport (personal or communal)
  • Workforce changes to how we use transportation
  • Hyper local data collection

This competition is open to any resident who lives in one of the 8 participating cities (see cities and links below).

  • You can apply to any of the themes(not just your city, you apply to the city whose theme fits your idea). Check eligibility by zip code here.
  • You can apply more than once.
  • You can apply to more than one theme.
  • You can form a teamof up to 3 people.
  • You don’t need to have any business experience, just an ideafor how to solve the challenge.
  • You can submit ideas forproducts or services.
  • The ideas are still yours to pursue after the competition.
  • You can get helpfrom the NWIRC to answer questions.

*Be sure to review all the rules before applying. Once you submit an idea you cannot revoke it, but you can update submissions.

Tips for coming up with ideas to submit for the challenge:

  • Great ideas start with you – As the individuals who work every day in the industries that could use innovation, you’ve got great ideas to solve these challenges. You may not think the ideas are good enough or the right fit – but you never know until you try.
  • Think small to think big– Small ideas can have big impact, by solving one problem in a bigger process efficiency can be dramatically improved, creating a big impact.
  • Focus on one problem at a time– Identify a problem within any industry that benefits from the theme concept and look to solve that problem only. If you have multiple ideas to solve the idea, submit multiple ideas.
  • Dream big – think about the bigger impact on how the industry can be defined or disrupted in the long run, not necessarily that one single idea needs to be big and bold.
  • Quantity over Quality – it may seem a bit counter intuitive, but when you are in the idea stage, you want to have lots of ideas to work from instead of a few. Brainstorm, then you can narrow it down.